Connect with us

Tennis

Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal says he did not play badly in defeat to Dominic Thiem

Published

on

Rafael Nadal

After losing to Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open quarter-finals, Nadal felt he had left everything out on the court

Rafael Nadal was sad to suffer defeat to Dominic Thiem at the Australian Open, but insisted he was satisfied with his performance, as well as his attitude, in the quarter-final clash.

Thiem beat Nadal for the first time in six attempts at a grand slam with a tense 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6) win in four hours and 10 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

The Austrian progresses to meet Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on Friday, while the world number one is left to reflect on a missed opportunity to draw level with Roger Federer on 20 major titles.

But Nadal had few complaints after the loss, praising Thiem as a worthy winner.

“He’s playing great,” the 33-year-old said of Thiem. “He’s playing with a lot of energy, aggression, determination. So just well done to him.

Rafael Nadal

“I honestly didn’t play a bad match, no, no. My attitude was great during the whole match.

“Of course, I am sad. I lost an opportunity to be in the semi-finals of another grand slam. But I lost against a great opponent and he deserved it too.

“[I was] good, positive, fighting spirit all the time, giving myself more chances. That’s what I tried. I did not give up in one moment during the whole match and gave myself an opportunity until the last point.

“Happy for that because my level of concentration and tennis was better. I think the concentration was even better than the tennis, but the tennis was not bad at all.”

Nadal, who had 49 winners to 33 unforced errors and converted four of his nine break points, found the conditions difficult at times.

The Spaniard added: “It was difficult to play against him. [I’m] happy, but I need a little bit more determination in some moments – it’s true that in some moments conditions have been a little bit heavy.

“Honestly, when the ball was new for me, I was better. I had two breaks and I felt more comfortable with the new balls.

“Then the ball became so heavy. He’s younger, he’s very quick. With these heavy balls, it’s difficult to produce winners sometimes. He has a lot of power, so he’s able to produce these amazing shots from a very difficult position.”

Nadal, who only lost five fewer points than Thiem across the match, was asked if he felt there was any more he could have done to find a way to win.

“Yes – win any tie-break!” he said. “But that’s how it works. Sometimes things are not going the way that you would like. It has been a very good match with a good level of tennis.

“I had a big chance with 5-3 in the first. I had set point serving. That was a very important moment of the match, for sure. Then I didn’t play a good tie-break. I was back in the second set, but he played with the right determination.

“He played great matches against me in the past too, great quality tennis. We like each other in terms of character – I like his attitude and probably he likes mine too!

“We have things that we can compare with each other in some ways and I wish him all the very best for the rest of the tournament.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement

Recent Posts

Serena Williams May Never Be Able to Equal Margaret Court’s All-Time Grand Slam Record Serena Williams May Never Be Able to Equal Margaret Court’s All-Time Grand Slam Record
Celebrity4 days ago

Why Serena Williams May Never Be Able to Equal Margaret Court’s All-Time Grand Slam Record

  Widely regarded as the greatest female player in history, former world No. 1 Serena Williams has won 23 Grand...

Serena Williams at the pool all day and getting manipedis Serena Williams at the pool all day and getting manipedis
Celebrity4 days ago

‘I saw Serena Williams completely naked in the locker room, She’s so Big’… Check

  Serena Williams is widely considered as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and that comes from her amazing tennis,...

Venus Williams Photos Venus Williams Photos
Celebrity4 days ago

Venus Williams: Six provoking photos that got fans talking

  As for her biggest role models, Williams says she really doesn’t have to look beyond her own mother and...

Serena Williams super dance Serena Williams super dance
Celebrity5 days ago

Serena Williams dazzles in a gold mini dress in front of admirers

  The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is currently on a sabbatical from professional tennis. Williams last competed at...

Serena Williams performs twerking Serena Williams performs twerking
Celebrity5 days ago

Amazing Serena Williams performs hot twerking in front of admirers

  The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is currently on a sabbatical from professional tennis. Williams last competed at...

Serena and Venus Williams' mother Serena and Venus Williams' mother
Celebrity5 days ago

Serena and Venus Williams’ mother and What She Does For a Living

  SERENA and Venus Williams have dominated the tennis world and their success started with their parents. Their mother, Oracene...

Serena Williams and mother Orance Price kiss Serena Williams and mother Orance Price kiss
Celebrity5 days ago

Serena and Venus Williams’ mother: Who is she married to?

  SERENA and Venus Williams have dominated the tennis world and their success started with their parents. Their mother, Oracene...

Serena and Venus Williams’ mother Oracene Price Serena and Venus Williams’ mother Oracene Price
Celebrity5 days ago

Oracene Price: 5 Things To Know About Serena & Venus Williams’ Mother

  Venus and Serena’s mother Oracene Price gets her own spotlight in Will Smith’s new movie ‘King Richard’. Here’s everything...

Oracene Price Oracene Price
Celebrity6 days ago

Oracene Price: “Afraid I’m giving away the secret”

  American tennis great Serena Williams has been one of the most followed athletes in the world. Her popularity exceeds...

Are you looking at my titles asks Serena Williams as she jogs around Wimbledon Are you looking at my titles asks Serena Williams as she jogs around Wimbledon
Celebrity6 days ago

Serena Williams laments: “My A$$ is too big & heavy… It limits my speed”

  Serena Williams has always been famous for her curves, but the tennis star admits her booty is too big...

Advertisement

Copyright © 2017